Islam is a problematic religion.
Sorry to say it yet again, but it’s just as true today as it was during the Fort Hood shooting of 2009, the 9/11 attacks of 2001 and the Twin Tower bombing in 1993.
It doesn’t matter that the Counsel of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants to portray Islam as “a faith that preaches peace, co-existence, justice, tolerance, love [and] compassion,” as the organization’s Ahmed Rehab says. Nor, for the sake of this particular discussion, does it matter that the majority of Muslims are just ordinary people trying to live out their lives.
There are still far too many extremely violent followers of Islam – of which we have ample proof – to deny that their religion plays a part in it. (For a verifiable list of JUST the Islamic group al Qaeda’s global contributions to violence, click here.)
Yet CAIR tries to numb us to all of that through propaganda like TLC’s “All American Muslim,” a reality show that follows five Muslim families through their everyday activities in America.
That’s all well and good, and in a free country like America, they have the right to create, produce and star in any such thing. But the public also has the right to know that there’s another side to Islam then what CAIR would have us believe.
This is the side that chains up, beats and even tortures young children in Pakistani Islamic seminaries to prepare them for fighting the infidels. This is the side that brutally attacks random pedestrians on Western streets while shouting ethnic slurs. And this is the side that wants Christians and Jews either dead or deprived of their God-given freedom.
It isn’t wrong or shameful or embarrassing to acknowledge that unfortunate reality.
When terrorists yell “Allah akbar” – clearly marking themselves as Islamists – right before they start attacking innocents, it’s only wrong and shameful and embarrassing to not acknowledge that Islam appeals to some people with really twisted world views.
We can treat Muslims both here in the U.S. and everywhere else with the respect they deserve as human beings and individuals. But we do not have to be dangerously stupid in ignoring Islam’s much more problematic side.
If anything, it might very well hurt somebody somewhere not to acknowledge it.